I can’t remember how many years it has been since I met Erin, or how exactly we met, but we have been friends for a long time. The type of friends that know it’s ok if we don’t see each other for a year, we just pick up where we left off. Through marriages (hers and mine), children (both hers), and life in general, we have somehow managed to stay in touch and meet for an annual-ish glass of champagne, usually in New York City, most recently in Geneva. And the world being small the way it is, she married a fabulous man who spent time in Geneva, knows my Mom, and is friends with one of my oldest Geneva childhood friends. Go figure… There are many things I love and admire about Erin: her writing (including her blog, The People I Like), her amazingly long hair that has no split ends, the fact that she always looks absolutely perfect (maybe because she is always overdressed, as she freely admits below), the fact that she moved across the Atlantic to live in a French castle, and most recently how she calls me “hers” because I am her first friend in Geneva. Girl crush? Maybe!
AP: What city were you born in? EH: Boston, Massachusetts.
AP: What city to do you live in? EH: A city it is not! A small village is more like it. It’s called Saint-Pierre-en-Faucigny. It’s in the France Alps somewhere between Geneva and Chamonix.
AP: What is your middle name? EH: Ann.
AP: What is your astrological sign? EH: Pisces.
AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? EH: I don’t know! That I’m an open book? That I used to run competitively? That I’m an Irish citizen? All of the above?
AP: What is your most prized possession? EH: My kids.
AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? EH: Jesus Christ. I have a few questions for him…
AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. EH: I’m always overdressed.
AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? EH: No watch, just bracelets. I’m never on time.
AP: Diamonds or pearls? EH: Diamonds!!!
AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? EH: I don’t wash my face with water.
AP: What fragrance do you wear? EH: Rose. Always rose.
AP: Botox or not? EH: I’m definitely thinking about it! I heard Dr. Luigi Polla is excellent… and not from you or anyone in your family: From a Russian woman!!!
AP: Hair color: natural or not? EH: Natural… that’s the only way I can keep it this long.
AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? EH: A little bit of everything. Seriously. If I ever try to ignore a craving, I’ll make up for it ten-fold later. I only eat “whole” foods. Nothing processed. Any flour has to be complete… and it’s usually some weird type of flour like green lentil or chickpea or quinoa… my poor kids. But they don’t know the difference.
AP: What do you do for exercise? EH: I run outside and use the elliptical at the gym… that’s when I get to watch my TV shows! I do light weights and abs. I try to keep it toned, but not chiseled. I like a woman’s curves. I like my man chiseled though!
AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? EH: Chèvre, yogurt and milk…
AP: What is your cocktail of choice? EH: Does champagne count?
AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? EH: I’m still trying to figure that one out. I’ll let you know if I ever do.
AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? EH: No idea. A lot but not nearly as much as you!
AP: What are your three top tips for travel? EH: 1. Don’t bring your kids! Just kidding… kind of. 2. Don’t drink tomato juice… too salty. Your ankles will be even more swollen when you get off the plane. I don’t understand why everyone drinks tomato juice on the plane! What is that? 3. Bring comfortable flat shoes. I know why I find this so hard to do… and I always end up running to H&M to buy a pair of sneakers.
AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. EH: “Juicy” by Notorious B.I.G. “Pick Yourself Up” by Nat “King” Cole. “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin.
AP: What book are you reading right now? EH: “The Autumn of the Patriarch” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
AP: Quote to live by. EH: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
AP: What is your worst pet peeve? EH: People being unkind to other people.
AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? EH: The kids usually charge our bed sometime between 6.30 and 7.30 each morning.
AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? EH: A little dab of something can make you feel a thousand times more beautiful… instantaneously.
AP: Least favorite thing. EH: Too much unnatural-looking plastic surgery.
AP: Who is your mentor? EH: My husband.
AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. EH: Hang in there. Stick with it. Don’t give up. It’s easy to throw in the towel, it’s much harder to withstand the difficult moments and persevere.